Back the Who?

Updated: Jan 22, 2021

We are barely a week into the new year and already the Trump supporting “Blue Lives” backing gravy SEALs boldly stormed the capitol building in the middle of a congressional meeting! If my memory serves me correctly, these were the same proud patriots that were against violence and damaging property. I even recall a certain event in Rogue River over the summer that was cancelled due to the like-minded Trumpers that swore that there was no racism and they didn't want rioting in their sleepy town. I believe that 2021 is the year of truth from the summer of demonstrations that we’ve seen and the morals of our loved ones. Southern Oregon, it’s finally time that we talk about the proven fact that, “Blue Lives Matter” is in direct opposition to the historic liberation movement against state sanctioned murder and systemic racism. It was never about the lives of authoritative figures mattering, just as long as the lives of Black people didn’t.

The congressional meeting was about debating the count of electoral votes to confirm Joe Biden’s victory and I don’t think that the news outlets are treating this situation with the degree of seriousness that it deserves. We’re talking about a literal attack on democracy! The Trumpers that stormed the capitol building, destroyed property, replaced Old Glory with depictions of hate speech, and were taken peacefully! This confirms how legitimate the Black Lives Matter movement has been in its overall message of the inadequacies of our government. The confederacy has tried to make an ill-gotten comeback while supporters have simultaneously tried to convince themselves and the world that they are the true Americans! Social media was in a frenzy with the memes and full satire of how this convoluted coup proved once and for all that the strong opposition to protests against police getting away with murder reflects those that opposed public school integration and anti-slavery. If that wasn’t bad enough, the “sheeple” tried it at the capitol building in Salem, Oregon, where two people were arrested for trespassing with a firearm and disorderly conduct.

Meanwhile, the Kenosha county Dottie.A., Michael Graveley, stated no charges will be filed against the police officers that shot Jacob Blake and let’s not forget that Gov. Tony Evers mobilized 500 of the National Guard troops to minimize potential public unrest this past Tuesday! My question is why were officials so prepared for violence during Kyle Rittenhouse’s arraignment but our Nation’s capitol in D.C. was free reign for Trumpers? Across different social media platforms there’s speculation that the domestic terrorists in D.C. were allowed through by security and there are even videos showing them taking selfies with law enforcement! I would like to say that I’m surprised by our judicial system and the actions of people invested in white supremacy, but this is the history of America.

The more lynchings that law enforcement and white teens get away with or get a slap on the wrist for is what reinforces that white supremacy doesn’t need accountability, just silent complacency to thrive. These past six months alone have shown the weight of a liberation movement but not the full scale uprisings of the 1960s. I often wonder what will be the straw to break the camel’s back as Black people are continuously told to peacefully wait for equal treatment as white supremacy kills or incarcerates us.

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